Beyond Subway: Linear Tiles in Porcelain and Glass

Subway tile, classic and chic, is the standby for many a tasteful homeowner. Newer tiles are taking the subway shape one step further (or a few inches further) by stretching traditional subway into elongated linear tiles. These tiles are available in a variety of finishes and materials, creating a unique contemporary look for a bathroom or kitchen backsplash.

The Luminous tile by Cepac, as seen in the first photo, is our new favorite. It is a Japanese porcelain tile that comes in a range of color schemes from very light and pearly to a dark, bronzed finish. The glaze reminds us of raku fired pottery due to the beautiful, random colors on each tile.

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The above kitchen backsplash is composed of Modern Dimension tile by Daltile in shades of gray, beige, taupe and brown. These tiles are most like subway tile because they are not on mesh and come in only slightly exaggerated sizes of 2x8 or 4x8.

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The Cityview collection by Daltile was one of the first to feature a concrete looking tile. This wall was done entirely in a random brick deco tile, with tiles varying in lengths and widths, but still keeping the linear form.

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These gorgeous vertical Stiletto tiles are from Artistic Tile and part of the Opera Glass and Harmony series. Used in bathroom from floor to ceiling on every wall, the tile would be stunning.

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We love the way these elegant linear tiles visually extend the space horizontally or vertically depending on which direction they are installed. How would you use linear tiles to reshape the space in your home?

(Photo of Modern Dimensions tile by Lonnie Glasscock)

Sources in Austin:
The Tile Guy
Travis Tile
Architerra Studios

Related Links:
Subway Tiles
5 Bathrooms with Subway Tile
Going Vertical with Subway Tile